US President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan despite the Taliban’s swift takeover of the country.
In his first address since the Taliban took control of the Afghan capital, Kabul, Biden said America’s focus was not nation-building or establishing democracy. It was to prevent another terror attack on the US.
“I stand squarely behind my decision,” he continued. “After 20 years, I’ve learned the hard way that there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.”
“It has always been our decision to get those who had attacked us and we did it. We got Osama,” said the US President.
Biden, however, acknowledged that the Taliban’s victories across Afghanistan unfolded “more quickly than we anticipated.”
However, said that it would be wrong to order American troops to engage in further fighting when Afghanistan’s troops were not willing to do so.
He added that “American soldiers cannot and should not die in a war that is not theirs. We spent millions. We gave them air support, equipment but what we could not provide them was the will to fight for them.”
“I will not make the mistakes of the past. I will not stay in another country and fight indefinitely,” added the president.
Biden said on Tuesday that he will not pass America’s war in Afghanistan to a fifth president.
“I am President of the United States of America and the buck stops with me,” Biden said.
He added that no amount of military force can result in a united Afghanistan.
Reiterating his support for the withdrawal of troops, Joe Biden said that if the Taliban attacks US personnel in Afghanistan, the response will be swift and decisive.